Hooray for new SPJ chapters

Please join me in belated congratulations to the Harding University and the McNeese State University campus chapters of SPJ.

SPJ’s national board met last weekend, April 16, and approved the charters of six previously provisional chapters — one of which was Harding University — pending receipt of the chapters’ annual reports. Way to go, Harding!

The board also approved provisional status for eight chapters — one of which was McNeese State University. Those eight chapters must be active for a year, meeting all requirements of chapters in good standing (two-star chapters) before they can be officially chartered. The year’s wait is designed to prove the level of commitment of members to making their chapter a success.

Based on what I’ve seen of McNeese’s chapter, I think they’ll sail smoothly into full-charter status.

SPJ membership coordinator Linda Hall also told the board that seven chapters have taken firm steps toward reactivating. These are chapters that have not lost their charters and have found new life with a core group of committed volunteers and/or advisers, in the case of campus chapters. The University of Memphis chapter is one of those in reactivation mode. Go, Memphis!

Here’s a list of the other chapters that received charters or provisional status or are reactivating:

CHARTERED
The College at Brockport, Massachusetts (Region 1); DePaul University, Chicago (Region 5); IUPUI, Indianapolis (Region 5); Kennesaw State University, Georgia (Region 3); Northern Kentucky University, Newport (Region 5).

PROVISIONAL
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI (Region 1); Campbellsville University, Kentucky (Region 5), Langston University, Oklahoma (Region 8); Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania (Region 1); Curry College, Milton, MA (Region 1); Georgetown University, D.C. (Region 2); Greater Charlotte Pro, North Carolina (Region 2).

REACTIVATING
Texas Woman’s University, University of Memphis, Stephen F. Austin State University, San Diego State University, UCLA, Madison (WI) Pro and Maryland Pro.

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